The Accident Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does he tell her that he will dream?

2. What horrifies the boy?

3. What does he begin to tell the stranger?

4. What happens when she is also crying out for water?

5. What does he tell the nurse that he wants an injection to take away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the memory that is triggered by the hamburger.

2. What does this time with Kathleen trigger?

3. What is significant about this meeting between the protagonist and Kathleen?

4. What does the protagonist realize years later about his grandmother?

5. What happens when Kathleen tries to talk to the protagonist?

6. Why does the protagonist begin to tell the stranger his story?

7. What memory does he then recall?

8. What happens when the protagonist tries to eat a hamburger?

9. What is the protagonist's memory about his grandmother?

10. Describe the details of the accident.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author's description of the passersby on the street is bleak.

Part 1) Describe these people. Do they look like this in reality? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this foreshadow the feeling of the rest of the novel?

Part 3) Describe a time when your emotions affected your take on your surroundings.

Essay Topic 2

The stranger on the ship says, "I think I'm going to hate you."

Part 1) What does this reveal about the protagonist?

Part 2) What is ironic about this statement?

Part 3) How is this type of honesty repeated later in the novel? How does this help or hurt the protagonist?

Essay Topic 3

The protagonist is not named until Section 6.

Part 1) What is his name? Why is it not known until Section 6?

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for keeping him anonymous for over half of the novel?

Part 3) How might this reflect how both the author and main character feel about themselves?

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